Thanksgiving Miracles 2017

Many Give Thanks in Many Ways

Thanksgiving Miracles 2017

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut “Thanksgiving turkey? I shot my first one this year…” said a Jamestown Gazette reader at a local food market last week. “And you should have seen the people in the frozen food aisle scatter!” The mischievous twinkle in this urban hunter-gatherer’s eye said he was ready for a happy Thanksgiving […]

…So What Comes Next?

…So What Comes Next?

“Thanks!” When, somebody says “Thank you” to me, it usually prompts me to say – since I was raised to be a polite little boy who still tries to remember that from time to time – “You’re welcome.” And that is that. Book closed. Thanks and you’re welcome are usually enough. It’s enough for passing […]

Problem Solved by 100 Pilots

A Frank Talk with Southern Airways Express

Problem Solved by 100 Pilots

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Last week the Jamestown Gazette sat down with Southern Airways executive, Chief Marketing Officer R. Keith Sisson and Airport Director Ron Almeter at the Chautauqua County Airport. The prospects for restoring reliable low-cost air travel – along with some highly innovative solutions – were on the docket. On The Hot […]

Elections and Transitions

Rocking the Boat or Staying the Course?

Elections and Transitions

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Elections can rock the boat. In fact, that is why democracies hold elections. The people take regular turns at the tiller to make sure the ship of state goes where they want it to go. It is called “Voting”. The best politicians respect the process. This week the Jamestown Gazette […]

A Taxing Issue

A Taxing Issue

Death and taxes, they say are the only two inevitabilities on the planet. Everything else can be rescheduled, dodged or bargained away. Benjamin Franklin usually gets the credit – or the blame – for saying so. Funny thing, though… no matter how inevitable, neither one of those things is particularly enjoyable. Fortunately, 20th century comic […]

Important Local Attraction Under Threat

Important Local Attraction Under Threat

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Martz/Kohl Board of Directors Frewsburg, New York is the proud home of the Martz-Kohl Astronomical Observatory, now one of the finest institutions of its kind in the Northeast and a valuable local asset for STEM education in schools across the region. Martz-Kohl also collaborates with NASA in education and research […]

Local Veteran Honored for Honoring Others

Local Veteran Honored for Honoring Others

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Korean War Veteran Peter Carlo and his wife of nearly 65 years, Mary Ann, have made their mark on the world in many remarkable ways, especially in Jamestown, New York. Among their greatest contributions is their ongoing patriotic mission to contribute American Flags – now numbering 286 – to local […]

Addiction: Many Faces & Many Causes Community Studies Solutions

Addiction: Many Faces & Many Causes  Community Studies Solutions

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut Hardly more than a century ago, opium concoctions of all sorts were freely sold over the counter in home remedies and “cure-alls” for dozens of ailments. Addiction and newer drugs, however, eventually led to the creation of prescription laws by mid-century. By the 1990s, though, a few powerful pharmaceutical companies […]

Risky Business

Risky Business

Risk pays off! “The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” That’s how Facebook multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg sees it. Some financial advisors do tempt high-risk investors with high gains… if you want to join the […]

Grateful NFL Star Thanks Local Man

Grateful NFL Star Thanks Local Man

Article Contributed by Walt Pickut “I was just doing my job,” Jeff Bloomquist told a gathering of his friends at the Jamestown Gazette office on Tuesday afternoon last week. But for Jeff that meant giving a wounded soldier the shirt off his back, the only bandage he could find in an emergency… because that’s just […]

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